Flu Immunisation Programme at Stormont House School

6th November 2015

Starting on Friday 13 November our school nursing team will be coming into school to start the Flu Immunisation Programme with our students. Letters, consent forms and information booklets were sent out before half term, if you would like your child to receive the Flu vaccine please either return the form to school or contact Mrs Napier as soon as possible.

The vaccine is given in the form of a nasal spray, which contains viruses that have been weakened to prevent them from causing flu but will help your child to build up immunity. When your child comes into contact with the flu virus they will be less likely to get ill.

There are no serious side effects from the vaccine, your child may develop a runny or blocked nose, headache, general tiredness and some loss of appetite, but this will only last for a few days.

Students should not have the Nasal Vaccine if they:

  • are currently wheezy or have been wheezy in the 3 days prior to the vaccination
  • are severly asthmatic e.g. being treated with oral steroids or high doses inhaled steroids
  • have a condition that severely weakens their immune system or have someone in their household who needs isolation
  • have severe egg allergy - please check with your GP
  • are allergic to any other components of the vaccine

If you have any questions you can call school on Monday / Tuesday to speak to our School Nurse - Melody Tumbe.